Grange Mens 1s: 0
Bromac Kelburne Mens 1s: 4
After an emphatic 10-2 win over Dundee wanderers on the Saturday, Kelburne travelled to Edinburgh looking to continue their good run of form against big rivals Grange. Having lost this fixture last season, along with losing the play off to Grange last year, Kelburne were out to prove that they are still the team to beat in Scottish Hockey.
The game started as many would have expected- Kelburne dominating possession and dictating the play with grange being happy to sit back and look for the counter attack. It was a very quiet first ten minutes with both teams looking nervous to really commit and struggling to break the other team down. The first chance of the game fell to Grange in the shape of a penalty corner, which was comfortably saved by the Kelburne goalkeeper Ben Rennie. Moments later Kelburne managed to grab their first corner of the game after some neat play along the baseline resulted in a grange foot being found - Josh cairns putting the ball narrowly wide with a drag flick. However, minutes later Kelburne managed to win another short corner and this time cairns made no mistake, rattling the flick off the post and by a helpless Grange goalkeeper.(1-0) the rest of the first half was relevantly quiet and the half time whistle blew, Kelburne leading 1-0.
HT Grange Mens 1s: 0-1 Bromac Kelburne Mens 1s
The second half then continued how the game had started where it was Kelburne holding possession of the ball and grange just hoping to find that one counter attack that would bring them back level in the game. However their game plan didn't quite work and it was the paisley side who managed to extend their lead to 2 thanks to captain Jonny Chrisite. After an attack down the wing Michael Christie managed a shot at goal which was smothered by the grange goalkeeper but fell into J.Christies path, he then unleashed an unstoppable reverse into the roof of the net for his tenth of the season.(2-0). Having to now push forward to find a way back into the game, Grange had left themselves quite short at the back, and with Kelburne remaining strong at the back it wouldn't be long before they found a third. The third goal courtesy of Lee Morton, who after a short corner breakdown managed to beat two players before lofting it over the Grange goalkeeper (3-0) The game was then wrapped up shortly after, again Lee Morton with the goal after an excellent team press forced the grange defender into a 50-50 pass which Morton intercepted giving himself a 1 on 1 with the last grange defender, who he easily disposed of before slotting the ball into the bottom corner (4-0). Kelburne then saw the game out by smartly kept possession of the ball for the remaining five minutes. The game finished 4-0 to the paisley side.
A dominant performance from Kelburne who will turn their attention to next week?s game on Saturday 24th against Edinburgh uni. The paisley side will be looking to continue their strong run and grab all 3 points